Andreia Braid

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This is a super easy braid. Pretty, but simple, with somewhat of a fishtail look to it. The color contrasts give it punch, so prefer to make it in at least 2 colors rather than just monotone. If you have never tried one of our braids and feel a bit intimidated, start with this one!
You will need 4 crocheted I-cord ropes (please refer to previous tutorials to learn how to make them)
Note- You can make this braid in only one color but it really looks prettier in at least 3 colors.

Materials-
Worsted weight yarn of your choice in at least 3 colors (less than 1/2 skein, depending on how long you want to make your I-cord ropes)
For this particular example, I used Red Heart worsted weight Claret for the ropes on the sides and Pumpkin and Bright Yellow for the ones in the middle.
Crochet hook size H
Old pillow or cushion
2 large safety pins
Optional- Straight pins

Make your cords as explained in previous tutorials, choosing one color for the sides and at least 2 colors for the center cords.
If you don't know how to make the ropes, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes
To make the braid, proceed as follows:

Make your cords as explained in previous tutorials, choosing one color for the sides and at least 2 colors for the center cords, or 1 color for the sides and 1 color for the 2 center cords.

To make the braid, proceed as follows:
Inn your mind, number your ropes 1, 2, 3 and 4, counting from the right to the left.

♪ 1- Attach all the cords to the pillow with a safety pin.
♪ 2- Grab the two side braids (in this case, the Claret ones, numbers 1 and 4,) and cross them one over the other, from left to right, behind the two middle ones. Tighten a bit.
♪ 3- (Rope 4 has now become rope 1, and rope 1 has now become rope 4) Bring the rope on the right, rope 1, around the back of rope 2, and to the middle, inserting it between ropes 2 and 3.
♪ 4- Bright rope 4 (still working with the Claret ropes,) around from the back to the front around rope 3, and place it in the middle, between ropes 2 and 3, now cross the two ropes you inserted in the middle, over each other, from left to right, and tighten. If you want to, you can insert a straight pin right in the
middle of your work, to keep the forming braid tight. Push ropes 1 and 4 to the sides under ropes 2 and 3, to prepare for the next move.
♪ 5- Bring rope 1 to the front around rope 2, and to the center of ropes 2 and 3, bring rope 4 to the front, over rope 3 and to the center in the middle of ropes 2 and 3, cross from left to right. Tighten. If you want to, pin to keep it tight. Push ropes 1 and 3 to the sides, underneath the center ropes, to prepare for the next move.

►Repeat step 5 for as long as you need to for the braid to form.
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